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Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Asakusa & Sumida River

Sensō-ji

Tokyo’s most visited temple enshrines a golden image of Kannon (the Buddhist Goddess of Mercy), which, according to legend, was miraculously pulled out of the nearby Sumida-gawa by two fishermen in AD 628. The image…
Top Choice Spectator Sport in Asakusa & Sumida River

Ryōgoku Kokugikan

If you’re in town when a tournament is on – for 15 days each January, May and September – catch the big boys in action at Japan’s largest sumo stadium. Doors open at 8am, but the action doesn’t heat up until the sen…
Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Asakusa & Sumida River

Fukagawa Fudō-dō

Belonging to the esoteric Shingon sect, this is very much an active temple where you can attend one of the city's most spectacular religious rituals. Goma (fire rituals) take place daily in an auditorium in the Hond…
Top Choice Museum in Asakusa & Sumida River

Edo-Tokyo Museum

This history museum, in a cavernous building, does an excellent job laying out Tokyo's miraculous transformation from feudal city to modern capital, through city models, miniatures of real buildings, reproductions o…
Top Choice Japanese in Asakusa & Sumida River

Otafuku

Over a century old, Otafuku specialises in oden (a classic Japanese stew). It's simmered at the counter and diners pick what they want from the pot. You can dine cheaply on radishes and kelp, or splash out on scallo…
Top Choice Japanese in Asakusa & Sumida River

Kappō Yoshiba

The former Miyagino sumo stable is the location for this one-of-a-kind restaurant that has preserved the dōyo (practice ring) as its centrepiece. Playing up to its sumo roots, you can order the protein-packed stew c…
Top Choice Pub in Asakusa & Sumida River

Popeye

Popeye boasts an astounding 70 beers on tap, including the world's largest selection of Japanese beers – from Echigo Weizen to Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout. The happy-hour deal (5pm to 8pm) offers select brews with…
Top Choice Cafe in Asakusa & Sumida River

Café Otonova

Tucked away on an alley running parallel to Kappabashi-dōri, this charming cafe occupies an old house. Exposed beams are whitewashed and an atrium has been created, with cosy booths upstairs and a big communal table…
Top Choice Vintage in Asakusa & Sumida River

Tokyo Hotarudo

This curio shop is run by an eccentric young man who prefers to dress as if the 20th century hasn't come and gone already. If you think that sounds marvellous, then you'll want to check out his collection of vintage…
Top Choice Japanese in Asakusa & Sumida River

Onigiri Yadoroku

Onigiri (rice-ball snacks), usually wrapped in crispy sheets of nori (seaweed) are a great Japanese culinary invention and this humbly decorated and friendly place specialises in them. The set lunches, including a c…